They taste great, remain affordable and tick all the appropriate boxes…yes the once “second league” Côte de Nuits villages are making a big reputation in recent tastings.
After 15 years of fighting against the big boys (Gevrey Chambertin, Morey Saint Denis, Clos Vougeot, Nuits Saint George, Vosne Romanée etc), Marsannay and Fixin are causing quite a stir in the Côte d’Or area of Burgundy.
How has this happened? Well I believe for two reasons:
1/ They have increased the quality -taste & aromas – considerably and are now being sought after in some of the top restaurants in the region and beyond.
2/ The highly inflated prices and lack of stock of the “majors” has had wine enthusiasts looking for credible alternatives.
They have a lot to thank iconic wine estate Bruno Clair for making the standards high and giving a spotlight on the village of Marsannay. Other “vignerons” such as René Bouvier, Jean Fournier and Domaine du Vieux College estates – all organic by the way – have followed suit.
Look out for René Boouvier’s Marsannay village red “Clos du Roy” old vines or the Domaine du Vieux Collège’s Marsannay village red Les Recilles at only 13 euros!!!
Sylvain Pataille’s Marsannay village red L’Ancestrale got 18.5/20 tasting notes in the last Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine…